A washing machine belt often breaks due to overloading the machine or from clothes stuck between the rim and drum. Indicators of a broken washing machine belt may include a burnt rubber smell or the tub's failure to spin.Continue Reading
Remove any clothing from the cycle. If the machine did not pump out the water, bail it out with a container. Look for any stuck garments and remove them. Unplug the machine and disconnect the hoses.
Place a blanket on the floor. Work with a helper to tip the machine on its side or front.
The motor is spring-mounted to provide tension for the belt. Pull the belt down and turn the pulley to remove it from the motor.
Most appliance parts stores stock belts. Note any identifying number on the old belt if you are ordering online.
Put the replacement belt over the motor pulley. Guide it over the larger pulley. Turn the large pulley several revolutions to ensure proper alignment.
Ask your helper to assist you in returning the washer to its normal position. Connect all hoses, and plug in the machine. Open the valves and operate the machine through one cycle without clothes in the tub as a test.
To clean the inside of a washing machine, fill the drum of the machine with hot water and add one of several cleaning solutions, including bleach, baking soda and vinegar. After the drum of water and solution has soaked, allow the cycle to run and the water to drain.Full Answer >
Common problems in a washing machine spin cycle include the drum not spinning and the cycle not advancing after spinning, according to Acme How To. In addition, sometimes the spin cycle does not remove enough water from the clothes.Full Answer >
Running a complete wash cycle without any laundry or wiping the inside of the washer drum with a cleaning solution are ways to clean a smelly washing machine. This routine maintenance performed every few months help rid washers of excess moisture and mildew which contribute to odors.Full Answer >
A washing machine can stop spinning due to a variety of problems such as a stuck or broken drive belt, a frozen pump pulley or belt or a lid switch that has stopped working. Other common problems include a motor coupler or clutch that has worn out.Full Answer >